HIV positive Malawians denied ARVs

Hundreds of people living with HIV/AIDS in Kamphata area in Lilongwe, failed to access the life prolonging drug, ARV, last month as clinic officials sent them away to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH), saying they did not have the drug.ARV-'S

Only 45 patients received the ARVs out of 500 patients on the list of patients receiving the drug at the Clinic.

Speaking in an interview recently some patients at Kamphata Clinic, portrayed the picture that the Ministry of Health is generally facing problems in making drugs available to patients.

A staff member at the clinic who didn’t want to be named for fear of reprisals confirmed that most of the ant-biotics were not available.

Ironically the drug shortage is happening at a time when revelations have come out that undeserving organizations are benefiting from the donor funded organization, National Aids Commission (NAC) which is supports HIV/AIDS programs.

The patients most of whom cannot afford the luxury of travelling to KCH either because they are too weak with the ailment or lack of transport money or both, say they are disappointed and demoralized and worried with the situation which has given them hopelessness of their survival.

“It is only LA (Malaria drug) which people are getting here otherwise we are being advised to go to the Kamuzu Central Hospital or buy from private pharmacies,” lamented Yohane Banda who came for treatment at Kamphata Clinic.

However, Ministry of Health deputy spokesperson, Adrian Chikumbe in an interview with LINA downplayed the fears saying the Ministry has enough ARVs to last 3 months.

“At a national level, there is no reason to panic because there is always a 3 months buffer of ARVs but there is possibility that distribution at district level had some hitches. The drugs are from donors and they make sure we have enough all the time, we don’t procure them from our budget,” explained Chikumbe.

He further told LINA that: “Indeed the hospitals might be having problems to have adequate stock of other drugs which we buy using our money because as you know there is no donor support to our budget this year and the funds are not always adequate.”

He then assured the people of Kamphata especially those positive of HIV that their problem will be investigated and corrected.

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33 thoughts on “HIV positive Malawians denied ARVs”

  1. Chinthu says:

    Pitani ku Kamuzu palace akakupatseni azinkhalamba aja pitani konko basi

  2. kapambwe says:

    At least it is now an issue. Bingu brought free ARVs and the American trained lawyer takes away inclusive giving the wife ARV money. Mulhakho only took pain killers money. Musunga mtundu wa amalawi ndi khalidwe la umbandali.

  3. cash gate says:

    a BEAM ndi a mlakho wa alomwe mudzivere chisoni, mupha anthutu inu.

  4. Nkasai says:

    This is very worrying indeed and it is not AIDS drugs only.For the past 4 to 5 month patients requiring POPs or plaster of Paris to treat bone fractures have been told to pay 3 to 4 thousand kwacha to get these.Does it mean government /central medical stores can not afford these?please look into this problem.Check this with Mangochi District Hospital .Surprisingly these are found in private hospitals and drug stores!How do you expect a poor citizen to afford this?.Pliz Govt look into this issue urgently !

  5. Mmesa ndalama mwapasa Mlakho ndi BEAM, these are devlish organizn. Nde anthu akusowa ma ARV mukudabwa? Mxiiiiim

  6. pulo says:

    arvs or antibiotics

  7. Wamandasi says:

    This is what white pharmaceuticals want to hear. HIV being sustained. Activism is staged to force government buy HIV drugs against moral conducts. Stupid human rights are promoted so more people contract HIV. Who wins. Money rule. The cure for HIV is behaviour.

    So when you support homosexuality, abortion, prostitution, stupid child rights you let loose and support western scam business,

  8. madunduza Namadundu says:

    Dpp woyeeee!!! Nacgate woyeeee!!
    Kupitiriza pamene achimwene adasiira… Ife tonse woyeeeeeh!!

  9. Kika Kanawe says:

    Wow!Heartless leaders enriching themselves with money intended for the suffering.Mulungu akuona

  10. Cluelessness 101 says:

    Ask BEAM. they must be aware of where the money to purchase for the same is.

  11. kaya says:

    ZIPATSO NAC-GATE NDIZIMENEZI SITINATI.TRANSPORT PROBLEM MU LILONGWE MOMWEMO WHAT ABOUT KU LIKOMA,KARONGA,CHITIPA,NSANJE,MWANZA,PHALOMBE NDI MABOMA ENA OTALIKILA.JOSEPH NKASA SANANAME KUTI (ANASAKHA OLAKWIKA )

  12. DPP woyeee! The NAC $ was used for khutupu, makaka, kalingonda, ananchidwe and kachaso at Mlakho wa Anguru. We had guests abale; tikadatani? Just wait……by february 28th Kampkata will be sorted out!

  13. Ndife amodzi says:

    Funding ya DHO ikuchepa akulephera kugula mafuta a galimoto

  14. mapwesea says:

    How many people are on ARVs the whole malawi?So you mean more than 75% of people who are on ARVs are in Kamphata area?50 Pin ija yakusonezani eti?

  15. Chinyani says:

    Nkhaniyi kupita nayo kukhoti boma likhoza kukawina chifukwa zalembedwazi ndizabodza. Kulilongwe kulibe clinic yotchedwa kamphata olo a DHO Dr Mwawi Mwale akhoza kukana kuti clinic imeneyi sindikuidziwa. Mudakati Mtenthera health centre bolani chifukwa ndiimene imapezeka pakamphata, nkhoma turnoff.

  16. Alungwana says:

    Yet you take the money from NAC and Ngaiyaye says there is no problem.

  17. chitedze says:

    The main idea iz that the govt should make those drugs accessible to to those clients in need…if there is poor logistics due to lack of fuel as a result of money shortage,then the issue goes back to those moneys that have been mismanaged,source then and refund them,,otherwise we r indeed more than ready to go marching come 13 jan with no fear !and Malawians must understand the cycle with insight regardless of intence politicle atmosphere that we are actually in,but this issue is quite life threatening,,aliyense angoganiza atakhala iyeyo as a victim wa kuKamphata ? Rethink !

  18. Chikopa says:

    Ife masapota a pp tonse tinavotela jb tonse 1million tili Hiv negative ndipo onse anavotela apm onse 1.9 million ali Hiv positive ndichifukwa chake ife a pp tinalemba kalata ku Globe fund kuti masapota onse a dpp akhaule mmodzi mwaife a pp akapezeka nayo tizipita kwa mayi anthu ku america kukalandila ma Arv a dpp munya muona.

  19. wawaruh says:

    we will survive by the grace

  20. I have read 500 and not 1 million. That aside, the therapy is administered on a daily basis. While you are investigating, hundreds are dying. All this is because of the two facts. 1. Zero aid budget. 2. Looting. In this case at NAC. All this under the watch of dpp government with peter at the helm. Mr Chikumbe (my school mate), no politics here, thamangani ndi mankhwalawo, investigations later. Peoples’ lives are at stake. Winatu atsutsa, muona.

  21. Kufa kulipo says:

    Go to Chitekesa, lots of ARVs.

  22. Nkasai says:

    Nanunso azipatala siyani kugulisa mankhwala .Tikuwonani ndipo list ku Mangochi titulusa posachedwa!

  23. Sakwata says:

    Pangono ndi pangono EBOLA nayenso akubwera ku southern africa kuti azatenge ake azipitanaye.

    Hiv /Aids idakatengabe ake kumapita naye tsiku ndi tsiku.

    Kolera nayenso amatenga ake kumapita naye.

    TB nayenso akusankha ake kumapita naye.

    Malungo nayenso sakusalira mbuyo kusonkhanitsa ake kupitanaye kuli chete.

    Ulendo nd umodzi tisiyana manyamukidwe

    1. Dambu says:

      kodi CDSS yake iti udapita nawe iwe komwe 500 inasanduka 500 thousand (half a million)? kumadziwa masamu wachamba iwe! khala chete usaonetse umbuli wako pano

  24. Mphepozinai says:

    half a million people only in kamphata atolankhani anyasa bodzatu iri.maeditors muli nawo koma?

    1. Mjomba says:

      Is 500 half a million? School yakuti imeneyo?

    2. o'Betha says:

      I read 500, not 500,000.

  25. Phil Domue Chilipanonchaine says:

    Yet the homosexual partner of Mr Ibu has the audacity of collecting money from NAC for the beautify Ndata.

    1. mapha ng'ombe says:

      Iwe mapazi ako wamva, iwe ndi mbuzi basi unangobadwa kungokhala chilengwalengwa chamuthu basi

  26. Clerk wa ART Clinic says:

    The shortage are a reflection of logistics failures. Specifically transport to collect the drugs from central medical stores and deliver them to the district hospitals and then to the clinics. No money for fuel and car maintenance. We are going to pay for the effects of cashgate and lack of fiscal prudence by the previous government. And the current government is not free of blame either: they could expedite the cashgate cases, recover the money and use it to fund key institutions such as health, education and security. Being thieves themselves, they seem not in a hurry. In my clinic its just as worse.

    1. risky says:

      Well put – great comment. Well balanced and objective views.

      1. Peter Milanzi says:

        Its not balanced. Although I may agree with him to some extent, aligning the problem to cashgate directly doesn’t make sense. ORT is financed by our own resources and not the donors. I will agree with you more to the fact that GV should move fast to conclude the cases in court and recover the funds lost but on the same note measures should be put im place to reduce abuse of funds by public officers and politicians.

    2. Deputy Communication Strategist says:

      7 months after the elections we still attribute problems to the previous government? The current government knew about the challenges they would face once elected and budgetary constraints being the main challenge. Instead of putting measures to address the challenge it unashamedly proposes to increase salaries to unimaginable levels instead of taking a bold decision to make a public service wage freeze even for just one year whilst pursuing cashgate cases and see how donors would respond to that.

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